|CEE Animation Forum
The Savage family just wants to be loved.
The Savage family just wants to be loved. Carole knows the team she manages despises her and tries everything to remedy the situation to no avail. Jacques, her husband, has never worked a day in his life and suspects that nobody respects him because of it. Then there is Blaise. A 16-year-old loner, introverted, and lacking convictions, Blaise takes the safe path by just going along with whatever. Like that time he met that Josephine girl at that party: Sure, he’s an militant activist! Sure, he’s mad as hell! Sure, he’s ready to blow it all up!
Blaise and his parents started 15 years ago as the heroes of a comic-strips before coming to life in a series for ARTE. Now, with this film, I want to push the characters further. BLAISE is a bitter-sweet chronicle of a family struggling to connect to and with others. These characters offer multiple opportunities to discuss the difficulty of finding one’s place in our dizzyingly complex society: how to deal with the judgment of others, the pressure of the group, your crazy boss? How to construct a healthy image of yourself, belong to a milieu, have opinions, stand up for what you believe in and how easy it is to let inertia overcome us if our privileged social class, gender or skin color allows it. Blaise is overwhelmed by it all: family, society, TV, politics, terrorism, school, sexuality, fear, lying, death, religion, organic vegetables and sushi. At the center of the storm, Blaise listens, Blaise agrees, Blaise obeys, Blaise plays it safe, Blaise is scared of his own thoughts.
Dimitri was born in 1977. He studied economics/humanities, then arts décoratifs in Strasbourg graduating summa cum laude. He worked as a cartoonist for Fluide Glacial Magazine and L’Echo Des Savanes. Glénat published the three books of the BLAISE series between 2009 and 2012 at the same time he lived in Shanghai and Taiwan where we opened an art workshop for children. In 2016, with KG Productions, he adapted his Blaise comics into a 30-episode animated series for ARTE TV Channel.
Jean-Paul has worked all long time collaborator at JSBC (Je Suis Bien Content), he has worked on film such as Persepolis de Marjane Sartrapi, Avril et le Monde Truqué de Franck Ekincy. He was an executive producer on Power Puff Girl. He directed four season of Silex And The City for ARTE. Now he is finishing the first season of Best Bugs Forever for Disney.
Alexandre graduated from NYU Tisch School Of The Arts then went back to France and directed a short: Little Fish Killer that won over 50 awards. After that he went on directing commercials, filmed plays and created numerous video installation for the theatre and museums while producing young and not so young talents.
Country of production
young adults, adults
Production companyKG Productions
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